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4.0 out of 5 stars In the Opinion of the Humble..., November 16, 2003
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This review is from: Hulk (Special Edition) (DVD)
The "Hulk" is a good movie, often times great. The first half of the movie is a long, methodical character study of people under immense emotional torture, especially Bruce Banner (a pitch-perfect Eric Bana) and Betty Ross (Jennifer Connely). It is hinted that they share a dark past filled with absentee fathers and a secret military project that they might now be working on again, 30 years later. This first half or so is the reason why the "Hulk" was not well recieved among viewers and critics. People were expecting either another "Spiderman" or another "X-Men" or its sequel, filled with those films' brimming everyman qualities and light-pacing throughout, or the Hulk of the 70s t.v. show, who aided people when he had and anger spell. But director Ang Lee opted for a more tragic approach, with plenty of Freudinized angst, along the lines of repressed memories manifesting themselves in dreams. And while Lee sometimes overdoes it, his decision ultimately makes "Hulk" far more interesting than the t.v. show whose premise wore thin after a few episodes and a little more intriguing than Marvels past comic-book adaptations . However, action junkies need not fear. Things kick into high gear in the film's fast-paced and action-packed final act as Banner escapes from a military compound where they were hoping to harvest him for their own purposes. He then proceeds to tear up the california desert in a wondrously shot sequence that shows off the ILM's incredibly life-like and belivable Hulk creation and the films' unique style of editing that makes the film feel like a comic-book with skillfully juxtaposed images from various camera shots that describe various scenes that occur simaltaneously in the film.
It should be said, though, that "Hulk" is not as artistically accomplished as Director Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or perhaps other acclaimed films in his catalog. "Hulk" at times suffers from uneven pacing, some mind-numbing psycological probing and timid acting. But overall, "Hulk" stands on its own as a dark, brooding and spectacular comic-book adaption that had the balls to take the "Hulk" to places no one ever expected something like the "Hulk" to go. And while having the guts to do something daring is instantly laudable, "Hulk," even with its flaws, still succeeds surprisingsly well.
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2010 7:41:26 PM PDT
JNagarya says:
I could do without the irrelevant -- and unevidenced -- religionutism.

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Posted on Dec 1, 2011 5:42:48 AM PST
Well said, mljkb. My sentiments exactly.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 9:23:12 AM PDT
rain cloud says:
"Often times great"? You've got to be kidding. I took my six-year-old to this and he was actually angry at how bad it was. Was I the only one who noticed almost all the action sequences were shot in the dark? I couldn't even see most of this movie! It was horrible.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 8:15:42 AM PDT
To me, overall, the cinematography was unbearable. If I could have gotten past that, I might have been able to give this movie a chance. However, it tried to much to be a comic book from the beginning, and I couldn't make it beyond the first 20 min. Only reason I even attempted this movie was because it was part of a two-pack deal at one of the big box retailers, and I really just wanted the other movie.
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